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Celebrate Australia Day with gadgets galore

By Leigh D. Stark | 4:50 pm 23/01/2013

Australians love to spend their national day outside, and for many of us, that means a nice day with family or friends in the backyard or park. If you’re thinking of taking this route, and who can blame you, here are some gadgets to help make it an Australia Day to remember.

Nerf Super Soaker Electrostorm

Price: $21

They say water and electricity don’t mix, but somehow, the makers of Super Soaker – Nerf – have found a way to do it, managing to do away with the pump action of regular Super Soaker water guns and replace it with the power of four AA batteries.


Price: $110

Everyone loves a barbie, and by that, we are of course talking about the one that lets you eat sausages, steaks, and burger patties in between seeded rolls.

The iGrill is the first thermometer made for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad, and will let you monitor your cooking meat from afar thanks to Bluetooth technology.

You could be sitting by the telly, watching sport or something else, and when your food reaches the totally critical time to be taken out or flipped, the app will alert you to your duties.

Weber Q220

Price: $430

If you don’t want the separate thermometer, but do want a new small barbecue with the temperature checking built in, the mid-range Q series barbie from Weber is worth taking a look at.

Models are available for either LPG or natural bass, and this model features side tables to let the food rest, has a higher lid for bigger meat, and can apparently handle 70 meals per 9kg tank of gas.

Sodastream Genesis

Price: $100

It’s too late in the week to tell you how to make your own beer, but we can certainly suggest one way of carbonating your own beverages.

You don’t have to spend money on excess cans or bottles, and you can let the kids have some fun by making their own drinks to have alongside the food you’re cooking up.

Remote Control Esky Cooler

Price: $170

Everyone has an esky, but not everyone has an esky that can drive out to you.

The esky can carry up to 12 cans or three bottles of wine, and sure you can pick it up, but why bother when you get a remote control to drive it forward, backward, left and right.

Boss Shade Remote Control Umbrella

Price: TBA

Umbrellas are great for protecting you from the sun when you want to eat outside, but they’re also often big, clunky, and we’ll tell you, if you get your hand stuck in one while you’re trying to open it, you will hurt.

Thankfully, like everything else these days – including the aforementioned esky – umbrellas can now be rigged with remote control technology, and the giant RC umbrella from Boss Shade will expand and contract just with the press of a button.


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